Music, love and politics, all in one show…
In 2003 Kieran Hodgson heard the music of Gustav Mahler and decided to write a symphony. 14 years later he comes to Wetherby with a story about falling in love and attempting something far beyond his abilities. Plus a violin. In his most personal and ambitious show to date, Kieran presents an epic and hilarious hour about trying to find love when you’re the kind of loser who writes classical music instead of playing football.
Nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2015 and 2016, Kieran is a character comedian, actor and storyteller whose credits include Upstart Crow, Jonathan Creek, Count Arthur Strong and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, where he got slapped across the face with a leather glove.
‘The most exquisitely performed hour of humour on the Fringe’ **** Evening Standard
‘Sends you out humming with happiness’ **** The Times
Ayesha Hazarika, MBE, started her career as a stand-up comedian playing clubs across the country. She then took what she thought was a natural diversion into the Labour Party as a Special Adviser working for Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband.
Since leaving front line politics she’s become a much sought-after commentator writing for the Financial Times, The Guardian, Evening Standard, New Statesman and Grazia.
Ayesha has also returned to her stand-up roots. Her one-woman show Tales from the Pink Bus was a sell-out hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival and she’s been in huge demand on TV and radio, recently starring as a guest on Matt Forde’s Unspun for Dave. Further credits include regular appearances on Good Morning Britain (ITV), Sky Papers (Sky News), The Andrew Marr Show (BBC1), Newsnight (BBC2), The Agenda (ITV) and the Today programme (BBC Radio 4).
Ayesha lifts the lid on what life’s really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour and asks: what’s next for British politics? State of the Nation is one of the best things to come out of British politics in a long time.
‘Not only is she extremely funny, but she uses her inside knowledge of the Labour machine to deadly effect. Though always sharp and on the money, she is never cruel, and manages to create a world I never thought possible. Catch her if you can.’ John Crace, The Guardian, April 2017.
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